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Hello, I'm running edgy ubuntu on my dual core laptop with the smp kernel, and every now and then, my computer freezes up temporarily before recovering. Basically, it's just stalling ...
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    Ata2 Error Causing Computer Serious Issues - Need Help


    Hello, I'm running edgy ubuntu on my dual core laptop with the smp kernel, and every now and then, my computer freezes up temporarily before recovering. Basically, it's just stalling for no apparent reason every 5 to 30 minutes. After it returns from being frozen, all seems to be well, until it does it again.

    I discovered this in /var/log/kern.log:
    Code:
    Jan  7 22:26:17 localhost kernel: [17186850.336000] ata2 is slow to respond, please be patient
    Jan  7 22:26:42 localhost kernel: [17186875.312000] ata2 failed to respond (30 secs)
    Jan  7 22:26:42 localhost kernel: [17186875.320000] ata2: command 0xa0 timeout, stat 0xd0 host_stat 0x0
    Jan  7 22:26:42 localhost kernel: [17186875.320000] ata2: translated ATA stat/err 0xd0/00 to SCSI SK/ASC/ASCQ 0xb/47/00
    Does any body have any clue as to what this means, or, alternatively, what one can do about such errors?

    Please? Please? Please?

    This is a brand new computer, and I'm going nuts without full functionality.

    Thanks.

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    Solution - Finally

    I figured out two solutions to this at last. One was to put a disc in the CD drive. That worked pretty well, but the real solution seems to be to run
    Code:
    sudo hal-disable-polling --device /dev/cdrom

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    Also, just a note to myself here more than anything, to re-enable polling again the command is:
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    sudo hal-disable-polling --enable --device /dev/cdrom

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